Commissioner Val Arkoosh to COVID-Affected Montco Businesses: Federal Wallet Remains Open

American Rescue Plan funds can help struggling restaurants
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Montgomery County businesses continuing to struggle with pandemic-related setbacks can still receive grants from the American Rescue Plan.

In a recent Montgomery County Commissioners meeting, chair Val Arkoosh announced that federal funds from the American Rescue Plan are still on the table. Gregory Purcell, WFMZ 69 News, reported the continued availability of recovery dollars for COVID-affected Montco businesses.

Arkoosh noted that although the program targets small businesses in Norristown and Pottstown, commercial entities from elsewhere in the county can apply.

All that’s required is evidence of pandemic-related financial losses.

“To date, our recovery funding office has received 140 applications,” she reported.

Of that pool of requestors, 38 have been approved, receiving a piece of the $2.6 million pie.

“Businesses can qualify for up to $20,000 in funds. And the grants do not have to be repaid.

“Applications are still being reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage additional businesses to apply. If you were not selected for the first round, you will automatically be considered for the next cycle,” Arkoosh explained.

Applications can be filed on the website of the Montgomery County Recovery Office. Its directors evaluate requests and award up to $500,000 in grant funds to businesses every 30 days until all funds are distributed.

More on accessing American Rescue Plan assistance is at WFMZ 69 News.


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